Prospect Watch: Top 10 Outfield Prospects

When scanning the Mariner minor league system in search of the next generation of outfielders to roam Safeco Field, look no further than the group below. InsidethePark.com's Jason A. Churchill ranks the top outfield prospects in the organization and the ultimate results may surprise you.

1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF, San Antonio Missions: .287/.345/.426, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 11 SB
Choo has four plus-tools and is starting to show flashes of the fifth; power. The 21-year-old could see time at Triple-A Tacoma later this season.

2. Josh Womack, LF, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: .275/.319/.411, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 10 SB
Womack's .275 average is an impressive number for a 20-year-old in a pitcher's league. Watch for the San Diego native to show top drawer offensive stuff in 2005.

3. Wladimir Balentien, CF, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: .264/.301/.472, 8 HR, 31 RBI, 8 SB
The 19-year-old Aruban has made satisfactory strides this season at the plate and is holding his own in the outfield. Balentien will welcome the friendlier confines of the California League next season as the organization's top power prospect.

4. Chris Colton, RF, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: .248/.330/.474, 11 HR, 41 RBI, 13 SB
Colton may be the most polished of the lower level outfield prospects and could fly through the next two levels. His recent power surge has vaulted him ahead of the pure hitters below him.

5. Chris Snelling, LF, Tacoma Rainiers: Injured
Snelling's wrist injury has held him out of action all season but this kid can hit with his eyes closed. August is the latest timetable for the 22-year-old.

6. Casey Craig, CF, Everett Aqua Sox: .412/.524/.647, 2 RBI, 4 SB
Craig, 19, is off to a hot start after an impressive debut in Peoria in 2003. Not a physical specimen, Craig has batting champion written all over him.

7. Jamal Strong, CF, Tacoma Rainiers: .308/.400/.404, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 12 SB
Strong's slightly advanced age (25)d is the only negative factor. The speedster should be just a month or so away from another Major League call up.

8. Jon Nelson, LF, Inland Empire 66ers: .303/.348/.468, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 16 SB
Nelson's position switch to the outfield seems to have set his bat on fire, raising his average over .300 after hitting just .254 in his first two pro seasons. The 24-year-old could move back to first base if necessary, but his athleticism dictates better use in the outfield.

9. Greg Jacobs, RF, Tacoma Rainiers: .296/.362/.444, 6 HR, 35 RBI
A joy to watch in BP, Jacobs has a sweet stroke with gap power and a pro's eye at the plate. First taste of Triple-A has been challenging but the 26-year-old is making the transition just fine.

10. TJ Bohn, CF, Inland Empire 66ers: .279/.409/.424, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 6 SB
Bohn was a 30th round draft choice in 2002 and not only did he sign, he is probably the nicest surprise among recent draft selections. As a second-tier five-tool player, the 24-year-old is ready for the task of facing Double-A pitching.

Jason welcomes feedback at JasonAChurchill@InsidethePark.com, but will hit you with a taser if you disagree with him. Yeah, a taser!

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